Friday, November 09, 2007

Compliment a Camera Contest!

As much as I've complained about it, it should be no surprise to anyone that I'm in the market for a digital camera. I can't afford one but, you know, miracles happen.

I don't know how this one will materialize, but somehow, I will intend a new digital camera into my life by January 15, 2008. I'm thinking Black Friday. I want to have a camera (or two) picked out so if it goes on sale somewhere the day after Thanksgiving, I'll know which line to go stand in. (A new camera is the only thing that will get me to stand in one of those Black Friday lines.)

While I would love an SLR, I'll probably go for a point and shoot with extra goodies. My eyes are not quite good enough to focus an SLR anymore.

Right now, I'm leaning toward this one. Possibly. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55—which also comes in black, blue or pink.

It has killer specifications. Much better than the minimums I've listed below. Anyone have it? Do you like it? Please tell me the pros and cons of this model in the comments section.

I'm willing to consider other models. These are some of the minimum specifications I want need, listed in order of importance:
  • 4+ Megapixels—I do a lot of cropping and resizing.

  • Big LCD—I have a vision problem, so the bigger the better. (The one above has a 2.5" LCD)

  • Fast shots—1 second or less from the time you push the button until the shot is taken. This is important when you're photographing grandchildren and sports events.

  • Optical zoom—minimum 3X, but 10X would be nice.

  • Scene modes—action, portrait, snow, inside, low light, etc.

  • Long battery life—alkaline would be nice, but rechargeable is okay; as long as it lasts for more than 15 minutes.

  • Video—Won't use this as much as I will the photos, but I need some way to catch those grandkid giggles.

  • Memory card—256 MB minimum.

  • Color—color, black & white, sepia; intense would be nice too.

  • Manual setting options—this lets me pretend I have an SLR

If you have a digital camera you love that meets all or most of these specs, please tell me what you have and what you love about it.

As a thank you for helping me out here, when I pick the model and make the purchase (before January 15th), I will put everyone's name who suggested that model into a hat and draw out a winner! What will the prize be? A UB Home Collection with three oils of your choice ($50 value).

Leave your comment by November 21, 2007 to be entered in the contest!

(*Winners must be within the US or be willing to help pay for shipping.)

Now playing on my iPod: Kodachrome by Paul Simon


Tristi Pinkston said...

I do not know anything about digital cameras. So I vote for one that takes cool pictures!! :)

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Anonymous said...

I'm not one for brand-loyalty, so I couldn't tell you which brand is better. I will say, though, that you DO want the highest possible optical zoom! Digital zoom is nice, but it is only an autocrop of the far away picture, whereas the optical zoom actually adjusts the lens of the camera so you're focusing in on the subject, instead of just ignoring the edges.

My niece bought a Kodak earlier this year. It's one of those that looks like an old 35mm SLR. That, to me, is nice because it doesn't feel like you're holding a credit card up to your face - there's some grip and balance to it. It has all the bells and whistles, so you can set it yourself or use the PhD feature("Push here, Dummy!").It takes amazingly beautiful pictures, too. It's an Easy Share, but I couldn't tell you the model number.

So I guess that's my vote. Good luck!

Kenna said...

I love my Canon SD550. It has all your required specs and takes great pictures. I have NO CLUE what I'm doing when taking pictures, but people tell me I'm a "good photographer" and I'm all like, "wow that's so weird", and they're all like, "oh you're so humble" and I'm all like "well that's what makes me better than you then, not my photography skillz"

But my friend Karl has the Sony you're looking at so I'll email him to come comment here.

I DO KNOW THOUGH, that the Carl Zeiss lens that comes in that very Sony you're looking at is absolutely unbeatable in the point-and-shoot world, so that's something.

I also recommend a camera that takes an SD CARD so you can have additional SD cards. I also like my rechargeable LITHIUM BATTERY. Both of those things make it very, very handy. (With my SD card, i can take it out of my camera, and plug the card into my laptop, my PSP, and my television to view the pictures. RAD)

Anonymous said...

hi karlene,
i don't have a huge opinion here, but i have liked how my kodak digital camera is so easy to use. pretty cool, too, but i am not big on techo savvy, so the easier to use the better! ha. good luck in your search. yay karlene gets to get a cool camera she wants! happy friday, kathleen

Anonymous said...

one more thing, i love your awesome quote here on your blog page about writers vs. you know. that is hilarious! so enjoyed that, kathleen

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Way to go, Karlene. I read the specs on this one and now I want one. Way to take me down with you! :)

Annette Lyon said...

I know nothing about cameras, but my husband does, and he wants this one: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

Suan said...

fyi- staples has the sony cyber shot for $179.99 with a $75.00 rebate :) hurry while supplies last....

G. Parker said...

Some people really love the little cameras, but I like one I can tell is still in my We have one we bought before going on a cruise in 2002. Olympus Camedia. It was top of the line then, but of course it's way behind now. I would still recommend the brand though, we love the photos it takes. all the ones on my site were taken with it. It's easy, it doesn't burn out batteries like crazy and it's great for sun glare.

We purchased a small one at a yard sale that looked promising, but it's been a pain -- which was probably why they were selling it, lol. We had also purchased one off ebay, but it's been a pain too. I wouldn't recommend buying used when you're looking at cameras. I also love Cannon brand, especially their EROS line. sigh.
Good luck!

Julie Wright said...

for the several brands I've used, Cannon is the best. Kodak does fine pictures for its price (kodak is always a bit cheaper) but if you are looking for high quality pics, I'd go Cannon. My personal camera right now is a 5 mega pixel Kodak. It's been a good camera but I'm in need of a new one. I'd like the fast shots too.
I don't know if this has the fast shot or not but it seems to have everything else

Anne Bradshaw said...

Okay, here's the camera 2 of our sons have and love and wouldn't change for anything else. One son loves the SLR capabilities, the other loves the quick fire digital side. It's the Canon 30 D and details can be found at and other online stores.

Both sons send us fabulous photos. One son loves cropping and fixing the final version according to his own creativity, with superb results.

The only drawback is that this is a slightly more bulky camera than other digitals, but well worth putting up with the extra weight.

You can also buy extra lenses and interchange as with the old SLRs.

I'd get one of these in a heartbeat if it cost less :-)

Josi said...

I have two digital cameras, one is a Sony Cybershot DSC-s60. I also have a charger base and rechargable battery for it now because it sucked AAs like orange juice. It takes good pictures but has too many settings for my taste. I have had it for 2 years and still haven't figured out how to use it--tech writing gives me a head ache so I keep thinking I'll just osmosisize the info somehow. But I don't. I've messed us many photos because I have it on the wrong setting (motion when it should be still) and don't know what the right one is. I also can't figure out how to load the software on my Mac, which means I have to use my PC which is only operating in safe mode right now.

The other camera I have is an HP Photosmart R707. If I had to throw one into the river, this would be the one I keep. It's a 5.1 MP with 24x zoom. It takes better pictures than my Sony (though I still haven't figured out all the settings and how to use them) and it's easier to delete images. Mac also loaded the software right up which is a relief. It has a rechargeable battery, though not a base like the Sony.

Good luck

Susan said...

I have a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W7, which I love. Unfortunately, my kids dropped it a few too many times and it no longer works as well as it did. So, for my birthday, my husband bought me an Olympus Stylus 790 SW, which I also love. He bought the shock + waterproof version, since I have a tendency to drop my camera. Anyway, I don't know much about the specs, but it's a great camera. It's small, so it fits perfectly in my purse. The only thing I don't like about it is that it only takes its own, special rechargeable battery, so if you forget to charge it, you're in trouble. The Sony takes regular double AAs, so that's the nice thing about that model.

Good luck - hope that helps a little!

Erika said...

I don't know if I'm too late for the contest but I too have been contemplating getting a new camera. I'm thinking about the Casio Exilim EX-S880. I like the red one. It has 8.1 MP,3x optical, 4x digital zoom, 2.8" screen and 10.8 MB memory. I don't know much about cameras but this seemed to get good reviews.

Regular price is $250 and so far I've seen it as low as $212 (BestBuy) but I'm still looking for better deals.